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World’s Biggest Brands Adopt Checklist to Rescue Stuck Seafarers

Unilever Plc and other big retail brands are among consumer giants adopting a toolkit to audit their shipping supply chains in an effort to help bring seafarers stuck on commercial vessels back home and eliminate human rights risks. The voluntary initiative, which launches later this week, calls on companies that put cargo on shipping containers… Continue reading World’s Biggest Brands Adopt Checklist to Rescue Stuck Seafarers

Triton grows container fleet with $2.6B investment

Dive Brief: Triton, a container-leasing company, has ordered 890,000 TEUs, worth $2.6 billion, of new containers so far in 2021, most of which it expects to be delivered by July, CEO Brian Sondey said on the company’s earnings call last week. The company said “most” of this new capacity is already committed to long-term leases,… Continue reading Triton grows container fleet with $2.6B investment

A Summer of Sold-Out Ships Awaits as Sea Cargo Chaos Intensifies

Container shipping rates are heading higher again, driven to new heights by unrelenting consumer demand and company restocking from Europe to the U.S. that are exhausting the world economy’s capacity to move goods across oceans. After peaking in late 2020 and not budging much through the first quarter, the rate for a 40-foot container to… Continue reading A Summer of Sold-Out Ships Awaits as Sea Cargo Chaos Intensifies

10 Red Flags to Question When Choosing a Visibility Partner

Shippers and logistics service providers are realizing the importance of advanced visibility as the best way to minimize and mitigate supply-chain disruptions. The right supply-chain visibility partner can offer useful analytics that will help a company optimize operations, improve customer experience and ultimately strengthen the business. Supply-chain visibility providers often brand themselves as leading companies… Continue reading 10 Red Flags to Question When Choosing a Visibility Partner

After Suez Canal Crisis, Freight Rates Are Sky High. When Will Fees Fall?

In the aftermath of the Suez Canal blockage and bottleneck, port congestion is expected to remain a concern until at least mid-May and carrier schedules are unlikely to return to near-normal operations before mid-June, particularly on the Asia-Europe route, according to a new report from Everstream Analytics. A month after maritime traffic in the canal…… Continue reading After Suez Canal Crisis, Freight Rates Are Sky High. When Will Fees Fall?

Shipping Containers Are Falling Overboard at a Rapid Rate

Containers piled high on giant vessels carrying everything from car tires to smartphones are toppling over at an alarming rate, sending millions of dollars of cargo sinking to the bottom of the ocean as pressure to speed deliveries raises the risk of safety errors. The shipping industry is seeing the biggest spike in lost containers… Continue reading Shipping Containers Are Falling Overboard at a Rapid Rate

Shipping From China to the US: What do Importers Need to Know?

When you’re getting started with international trade, there are certain factors that you must consider. First, you need to decide what to sell and where to source it — and for many importers, that means sourcing from China. It has a well-developed manufacturing industry, product variety, relatively low production costs, and advanced logistics. However, identifying… Continue reading Shipping From China to the US: What do Importers Need to Know?

Recalibrating Logistics in a Post-Pandemic World

The year 2020 seriously impacted the economy. Seemingly overnight, the world went dark, with retail among the industries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Ascent, “a full 58% of retail workers said that they were not able to continue doing their jobs as normal, facing reduced hours, closures of their stores, or… Continue reading Recalibrating Logistics in a Post-Pandemic World

Final-mile challenges, transport costs cloud supply chain optimism

Dive Brief: Rising logistics costs and challenges with final mile cast a shadow on supply chain leaders’ otherwise optimistic outlook, according to a GlobalTranz survey of 200 U.S.-based supply chain managers in early March. Nearly 70% of respondents said they had trouble finding transportation partners to meet growing demand for final-mile delivery, although 91% said… Continue reading Final-mile challenges, transport costs cloud supply chain optimism

Higher Shipping Costs Are Here to Stay, Sparking Price Increases

Stubbornly high shipping expenses for businesses are getting sealed into contracts for the next 12 months, forcing companies to pass the extra costs on to consumers. The price for a container of goods from China to the U.S. West Coast and European ports has hovered near record highs for several months, and conditions are ripe… Continue reading Higher Shipping Costs Are Here to Stay, Sparking Price Increases